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Gambling downturn triggers review of help services

28 November 2006

NEW ZEALAND -- As reported by Stuff: "A downturn in the number of gambling addicts seeking help has led the Ministry of Health to review 12 problem gambling services throughout New Zealand.

"However, the ministry is not rushing into shutting down the services just yet, because no one knows why the numbers of problem gamblers looking for help are apparently dropping.

"Nor does the ministry know how long the downturn will last, deputy director-general for mental health Dr Janice Wilson said.

"...The smoking ban and gambling-limiting legislation are both seen as contributing to lowering the numbers of people contacting the help services, she said..."

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